The Matchstick Cross, the first novel by Laurie Parker, Mississippi’s favorite children’s book author


Hardbound with a dust jacket and 512 pages, it retails for $28.00. You can order through The Book Mart (662-323-2844). It can also be found at the following stores in Mississippi:


Biloxi: Antique Hall

Cleveland: Cotton Row Bookstore

Greenville: Levee Bottom Books inside Montage Marketplace

Greenwood: The Mississippi Gift Company

Indianola: The Crown

Jackson: Lemuria

Laurel: Lauren Rogers Museum

Madison: Persnickety

New Albany: Mimi’s Books

Oxford: Square Books

Ridgeland: Mississippi Crafts Center

Starkville: Book Mart, Barnes and Noble, Occasions

Tupelo: Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore


AND That Bookstore in Blytheville (Arkansas)—the store that launched John Grisham— is carrying The Matchstick Cross!




The Matchstick Cross         ISBN:   978-0-9729615-7-8

Interested RETAILERS can get more information at

thematchstickcross(at) Good terms: no minimum, 50% discount

and books are shipped media mail.




Laurie Parker’s 2013 SIGNING SCHEDULE for The Matchstick Cross


Tuesday, September 17th—Book Talk/Signing—Noon—New Albany Public Library—

New Albany, MS


Wednesday, October 2nd—Book Talk/Signing—Noon—Columbus-Lowndes County Library—

Columbus, MS


Tuesday, October 8th—Book Talk / Signing— Plaquemine Garden Club—

Plaquemine, Louisiana (Garden Alphabet and The Matchstick Cross)


Friday, October 11th—Signing— 2:00-4:00—Barnes and Noble—Starkville, MS


Friday, October 18th—Signing— First Presbyterian Day School of Jackson—

Holiday Potpourri Fundraiser—Ridgeland, MS


October 23th-26th—Show and Signing—Celebration Village—Tupelo Furniture Market—

Tupelo, MS


Friday, November 1st—Signing—9:00-4:00—First United Methodist Church Bazaar—

Starkville, MS


November 6th-9th—Show and Signing—Mistletoe Marketplace—Trademart, Jackson, MS


Tuesday, November 12th—Signing—5:00-8:00—Open House—Jennie’s Flowers and Gifts—Holly Springs, MS


Wednesday, November 13th—Signing—10:00-11:30—Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore—Tupelo, MS


Saturday, November 16th—9:00-5:00—Trinity Episcopal Day School’s Merry Market—Natchez Convention Center—Natchez, MS


Thursday, November 21st—Signing—10:00 to Noon—Lauren Rogers Museum Open House— Laurel, MS


November 22nd-23rd—Show and Signing—Handworks Market—Trademart, Jackson, MS


Friday (Black Friday) November 29th—1:00–3:00—Signing—The Book Mart—Starkville, MS


Monday, December 2nd—Signing—4:00-7:00—Author Extravaganza —Main Street Books—Hattiesburg, MS


Friday, December 6th—9:30 am—Book Talk with Livre Lecteur Societe (Book Club), Madison (Private)


Friday, December 6th—Signing—Noon—Lemuria Bookstore—Jackson, MS


December 6th-8th—Books available—Chimneyville Craft Festival—Trademart—Jackson, MS


Wednesday, December 11th—Book Talk/Signing—Noon— Friends of the Library —Bryan Public Library—West Point, MS


Thursday, December 12th—Signing—Noon—Books & Lunch Program—Oxford Public Library—Oxford, MS


Thursday, December 12th—Signing—3:00-5:00—Mimi’s Books—New Albany, MS


Saturday, December 14th—Signing——12:00-2:00—Persnickety—Madison, MS


Wednesday, December 18th—10:30-1:30—Signing—Levee Bottom Books—inside MONTAGE MARKETPLACE

                                                         Greenville, MS


Wednesday, December 18th—3:30—Book Talk at Sunflower County Library with signing afterwards at The Crown Restaurant—

                                                                                                 Indianola, MS





Riding in the back of the pickup, coming back from the lake near the close of a June day was better than ice cream—or even watermelon—today especially. There’d been a sudden, short-lived thunderstorm earlier, and the atmosphere was left immersed in coolness. The wind she felt riding in the back was refreshing on the hottest of days; on this day, the shower they’d just gotten had pushed it to the verge of cold. She pressed the mimosa bloom she was clutching against her nose as she drank in the exhilaration and the passing scenery. Wet made everything out in the country greener, fresher, more vivid. Intensely vivid. All was transformed; the day of the week’s identity, and sense of time, place, and age were obliterated. The bottom had dropped out of the sky and it dropped out of her tummy each time the truck hit a dip, making her squeal with giddy delight as they seemed to go faster and faster over the undulating rural road. Her face was slapped by strawberry-blonde strands escaping from her two ponytails and the heady scent of roadside elderberry and honeysuckle flying by. She held out her arms for wings and let the mimosa puff go. She was rushing through a verdant tunnel of everything wonderful: trees teeming with leaves, the aftermath of rain, clouds tinged with daylight’s slow fade, cicada thrum…summer, glorious, never-ending summer…



                                           —from The Matchstick Cross

The Matchstick Cross on the shelf at Lemuria in Jackson




During Celebration Village in Tupelo in October of 2013, Laurie met this group of cute gals from Corinth, MS.


They love to read and they are members of a book club!!

They have added The Matchstick Cross to their list of books to read and discuss, and Laurie plans to visit them soon!! The Matchstick Cross lends itself to book clubs; it raises many good “discussion” questions! Laurie visits book clubs and gives a group discount on the book. Interested book clubs can learn more by contacting